The Dover transport system can take you anywhere you want to go. Whether you’re flying to and from the UK or are stopping by on your way to Paris, this really is the ‘gateway to Europe’. When it comes to getting around the town, the bus is your best bet but you can also drive easily or catch the train.
Getting around Dover
Stagecoach serves around three million customers a day and is the leading public transport provider in the UK as well as North America. Stagecoach in East Kent is an environmentally friendly bus service operating across the region. Without a car, this is one of the best ways to travel around the area as it passes through the main tourist districts in Dover.
If you’re heading from Dover to an island a little more exotic, you’ll need to head towards the Port of Dover to catch a ferry across the Channel. As the busiest ferry port in Europe and the nearest English port to France, millions of people pass through Dover on cross-Channel ferries every year. Services run from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk daily, both of which are handy locations if you want to move on to other cities in France and Belgium. The facilities here are state of the art, with hire car desks, a taxi rank, bus stops and a number of food and drinks options including Costa Coffee and Burger King.
Dover Priory Station
If you’re keen on flying into Dover from your hometown, the nearest airport is Gatwick Airport. At around 80 miles from Dover, it’s a fair drive away so you’ll probably need to rent a car to get you around the local area. Gatwick charters flights from many places in the UK, so it’s very easy to catch a plane from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and many more. It’s well over an hour away by car from Dover so you might want to stay the night at one of our hotels near Gatwick Airport if you’re catching a late or early flight.
The main train station serving the town of Dover, Dover Priory Station is on the South Eastern Main Line which runs all the way from London Charing Cross. A central line, visitors can get the train from anywhere in the UK to London, and then make their way to Charing Cross to arrive in Dover. If you want to explore Kent some more, come here to jump on the Kent Coast Line which does exactly what it says on the tin – takes you between each of the beautiful Kentish coastal towns. This is where you need to be to travel to Margate, Sandwich and Ramsgate.